- Boosting Traffic & Sales: Why Invest in an Indian SEO Expert for Your Business
- Beat the summer heat with saffron tips for healthy and glowing skin
- Amazon India offers opportunities for women to work in Night Shifts in Haryana
- What can India learn from Sweden’s pragmatic tobacco control policy?
- Leap Day 2024: Interesting facts, history, and significance of February 29
- Samsung Announces New Memory Variant of Galaxy A15 5G at INR 17999
- Immunity-boosting foods for a healthy life
- Celebrating Leap Day 2024: Wishes and Messages for Leaplings
- Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi eyes 27 Maha LS seats, wants to put up Jarange-Patil
- 'Purely governmental function': Delhi HC refuses to order new 24-hour pan-India Doordarshan channel for Sindhi community
UK variant dominates North India
Double mutant Maha, Guj, K'taka
New Delhi: The UK strain of corona virus is currently dominating parts of north India while double mutant could be found mostly in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat, Sujeet Singh, Director of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said.
He, however, added that the B1.1.7 lineage of SARS CoV-2 (UK variant) is declining in proportion across the country in the last month and a half.
Addressing a press briefing on Wednesday, Singh said the UK strain is dominating parts of north India, including Punjab (482 samples) and Delhi (516), followed by Telangana (192), Maharashtra (83) and Karnataka (82). He said 10 top government laboratories and institutions have been sequencing the genomes of corona virus since December. A total of 18,053 samples have been sequenced so far, he added.
Singh said the information on genome sequencing has been shared with the States twice in February, four times in March and again four times in April. He said in the video-conferencing with States, the Health Ministry also informed about the current status of variants of concern and new mutants and stressed on increased and stringent public health interventions. The double mutant variant, also known as B.1.617, is mostly dominating Maharashtra (761), West Bengal (124), Delhi (107) and Gujarat (102), Singh said.
The South African variant, also known as B.1.315, was predominantly found in Telangana and Delhi. Brazilian variant (P1) was only found in Maharashtra in a negligible proportion, he said. Singh said there is a frequent written communication on the variants by the Health Ministry and the NCDC to all states and UTs.
He said states/UTs are advised to keep strict surveillance in the districts reporting new variants of concern where they can take up stringent public health measures, including contact tracing, genome sequencing of positive samples of persons having history of international travel.